Cord Usa

Rating: 4.96 stars   67 reviews

Issues: International, Philanthropy

Location: 2569 Wagon Train Lane Diamond Bar CA 91765 USA

Mission: To facilitate integrated, sustainable social help programs in local communities and in the Indian subcontinent through processes of self-empowerment and enrichment.
Results: •CORD has provided income generation activities for 13,000 people, started 563 women’s empowerment groups with over 22,000 members, 220 youth groups, 1490 self-help groups, and adolescent girls’ group with 10,300 members. It has also implemented natural resource management programs, which succeeded in reducing water scarcity.
Target demographics: CORD programs and activities have been inspired and formulated based on dynamic and vibrant interactions with thousands of villagers. CORD's strength and success has been due to its coalition with villagers, where there is cooperative effort to organize, build, and find relevant solutions to personal, familial, and communal concerns.
Geographic areas served: India & Sri Lanka in the rural areas and in United States.
Programs: CORD USA (Chinmaya Organization for Rehabilitation & Development by Undertaking Sustainable Activities) is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in less fortunate in America, India and Sri Lanka in a sustainable way. Through our programs, we touch the needy in many ways with 0 overhead. That means every dollar you donate goes to the needy!
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Rating: 5 stars  

CORD as an organisation is engaged in the grass root level activities in the field of Rural Development in some of the most backward regions of India and Sri Lanka. They seek no publicity as they go on doing some real good work. Their work is aimed at making the communities they adopt as self sustained entities.

I have personally used some of the products manufactured/ produced by persons or entities supported by CORD.

I have found the staff, volunteers and office bearers of CORD to be the persons with high personal and professional integrity and as a donor this assures me that the funds that I donate have the correct end use. Because of their low overheads - the efficiency of funds utilisation is also very high.

it is encouraging to see a large number of youngsters getting associated with CORD - taking time off from their work or during their vacations to get associated with units of CORD for specific projects - an activity that provides two-way enrichment.

All the best to CORD in their endeavour.

 
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CORD USA has many projects that have genuine impact on those who need help. I am very impressed with the volunteers and everyone at CORD for the way they plan and execute programs to offer help.

 
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CORD represents the ultimate in Chatitable work. It was inspired by the great saint master Chinmayananda Swamy forty years ago and has been serving the poor all over India. It has low overhead and uses the philosophy of teaching to fish instead of giving fish to eat. It empowers women by small loans, education, health care and many many ways. It has continued to grow in recent years.

 
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CORD is a charitable organization whose philosophy is " Don't give fish, teach how to fish"; "CORD is a bond of love and understanding, encouraging a process of sharing which enriches both the giver and the receiver. ” CORD has been serving the poorest of the poor for over 50 years with education, primary health care, micro loans etc with very little overhead. is activites have expanded in the last 10 years to other states in India and abroad. I am very proud of being a supporter of CORD.

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CORD epitomizes what a charity should do. Specifically, its focus is to empower less fortunate people in rural India to raise their socioeconomic status. CORD helps them achieve these goals by assisting with education and self-sustaining cottage industries. The organization particularly emphasizes the education and training of women

 
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I had the opportunity to visit two of the CORD sites in the north and south of India and have also spoken to the CORD leader in Sri Lanka. The work is truly transformative - providing sustainable solutions as opposed to handouts.

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they need more help in fundraising and raising awareness of the amazing work thats going on at a grass roots level

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I have been extremely involved with CORD for over ten years. The work is very close to my heart - having witnessed the core problems and how CORD has been successful in changing the lives of the poorest of the poor. By focusing on development (teaching people to earn a living) as opposed to welfare (e.g. donating food); CORD has built a sustainable and replicable model which has been successfully replicated in approximately 700 remote villages

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My friends and I were inspired by CORD and its mission so we started a youth seva group at our Chinmaya Balavihar organization in Pittsburgh. We had different events like a football game, a cupcake class, and a yearbook sale to raise money to donate to CORD at the end of the year. We worked really hard, especially on the yearbook, but we found that we had fun and it was completely worth it. We raised over $1000 and saw that through CORD we could make a real difference.

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best non profit organization.well run and 90 percent $ goes to needed cause.

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more awarenes in the public

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I am writing as a person who was inspired to contribute to this organization for a number of years now. CORD exemplifies the power of self-empowerment, and it is amazing to see the way CORD has impacted the lives of many people by giving them the skills to overcome their hardships and become more self-sufficient in their lives. I have had several high schoolers talk about their experiences volunteering at CORD supported sites, and it is clear that it is not only the people in need that are being helped, it is the volunteers themselves. There is a lot of value in being taught self-sufficiency, how to develop a positive attitude and outlook in life with what little you have, and how everyone can strive to uplift their fellow human beings as well as themselves.

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donate more time, ideas and money, so that more projects can be supported, and more lives transformed!

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As an economist I believe that the true source of development is empowerment. Not recognizing it and giving funds to those in power was the major error in international aid in the post-War years. Economic growth in the long run occurs only when society breaks the chains that were holding it back. I had the fortune of growing up in India when a shift in power from the upper cast to all Hindus, from landlords to tenants and from a few industrialist to many occurred. I support CORD as it empowers those who are caught in a social trap.

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I came to know about CORD a few months ago thru a friend. I was amazed by the good work they do. What most interests me is that they empower women in rural areas so its not giving money or food to them but making them independent so they can take care of themselves. Another thing that is very impressive is that they develop the women who have benefitted by CORD into future leaders, creating a exponential impact in the areas. Keep up the good work!!!

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